Abundant life, Leadership

Visible Consequences

tractorWhat do all these sentences have in common?  Everything that you do has repercussions. It comes back to you one way or another.  You cannot escape the consequences of your actions. What you do comes back to you. You will see the long-term effects of your actions. What goes around comes around. Your actions all have consequences. Don’t ever be fooled into thinking that your actions don’t have consequences. Don’t think you can get away with bad choices even if you don’t seem to get caught.

Perhaps one of the most dangerous mistakes we sometimes believe is we don’t really reap what we sow.  We may have heard it, think it is a good concept or even know it is in the Bible, however we may not know the meaning or even think it applies to us.

Around here it’s time for getting the fields ready to plant.  I called a friend late yesterday afternoon and she was on the tractor.  Her and her husband own a farm, a family business.  Farming is an industry in our area and this time of the year they hope the weather stays dry, not only to get their fields tilled but the seed in the ground.  During spring, planting season and fall, harvest season we rarely see them.   The time consuming work in the spring brings much benefit at the end of the year.  It is the sowing and reaping model.  The Bible speaks of this concept several places and whether you realize it or not, we ALL fall into this principle.

We want to believe if we have good intentions, it will help us reap good life.  However, this is not true.  You reap what you actually sow.   I always thought that whatever you do to people, they will do back to you, but that doesn’t always work either.  You can be very nice to people and help them, then they turn and stab you in the back, so, the sowing and reaping cause and affect is void here. What is true about this, it is a simple concept, and totally just: “Whatever you do to others, GOD will eventually do to you. You reap what you sow. Whatever you give out to others, GOD will eventually give back to you.  It is GOD that gives back to you, not people.  As good people we always should treat others, as you would like to be treated.  We learned this early on in grade school but as time goes on, we forget those valuables of life and tend to be selfish.

How preposterous it would be if a farmer planted a field full of corn, thinking he was planting wheat. Would he receive wheat instead of corn merely because he was naively misguided, or because he wished he had planted wheat, or because he told his friends he had planted wheat? Of course not, he would reap what he sowed, a field full of corn.  
So it is the same with you and me. If we deceive ourselves, even innocently, or deceive others into thinking that we are good, or perhaps intentionally, it makes no difference. Our crop will be faithful to our acts we have sown.

Another common, supposed exception to the cause-and-effect rule is fallacy that “a little never hurt anybody.” As humans, we just naturally tend to believe that iniquity in small amounts isn’t too harmful.  Small little lies, sneaking peaks of off limits territory addictions, gossip or any type of “small” sin.  Sin is still sin and we can categorize it in any form, but you still reap what you sow.  Not by people but by God.  One grain of corn can reap a harvest of many kernels of corn and evidentially thousands of kernels.  One small sin can reaps more than just one result.  Example:  When you tell someone something, they run and tell someone else and so on.  The one little “won’t hurt anyone” thing turns into a harvest of puke on multiple lives.  The one little sin produces a multitude of devils to fight. You might think a person who lies is better off than an adulterer.  A lie may not affect many people at first, but it plants a seed of deceit.  The seed you planted will not only affect your life, but also those you planted in.  In both seeds of sin not only will directly affect your life but others also.  I have seen this many times as in generation after generation how children will repeat the same sins their parents did.  So, before you make the mistake of doing something you know you shouldn’t, be aware your children will sow likewise and may reap the harvest if you don’t change.

Not believing in this sowing and reaping thing can also easily be seen in a problem experienced by overweight people. We all want to have that little extra indulgence, so we go on and eat things that have no nutritional value.  Then we wonder where did we get this extra weight.  So in sense, we all don’t want to see the results of sowing and reaping.  
The other fallacy is that we can erase the effect of harm we have done by doing well.  People may exercise but continue to eat bad things.  You cannot erase a bad thing in your life by doing something good or by works.  You can only erase sin through Jesus Christ, asking forgiveness, repenting of it and not repeating the sin.  Jesus then wipes the field of your life clean.  We should all repent and ask forgiveness on a daily basis.  As human beings we cannot obtain perfection, but strive to be more like the perfect One.   Looking holy and making others believe we are holy by acting holy, doesn’t make one holy.  Being holy however sows good seed that produces good fruit.

You ultimately you control your life.  Either you submit yourself over to Jesus Christ or live according to what you want and however you want.  But be aware, reaping will not be invisible.

GALATIANS 6: 7-9  Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Sow a thought you reap an act. Sow an act you reap a habit. Sow a habit you reap a character. Sow a character you reap a destiny.  What destiny to you have in your field of life right now?  In season, there will be visible consequences.


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